Sunday, 5 September 2010

A bit of Summer and a bit of Spring

This is the first Sunflower to open in the garden. Yes it is late as it grew from seed dropped by the birds.


The  corkscrew hazel has grown into a lovely bush. Yesterday I spotted the start of next Spring's catkins already showing. They will remain tightly closed through all the cold and damp of the Winter.

Corkscrew Hazel - Next Years Catkins

No Swallows lining up on the telephone wires here but a line of Starlings warming them selves in the early morning Sunshine.



  1. What a beauty the Sunflower is, so cheerful! Great Starling photo too, I see we have a 'king of the castle' on the top :)

  2. Thats a beautiful sunflower John

  3. Hello Jan. There is nothing to beat a large Sunflower for bringing a ray of sunshine on the dullest of days.
    Yes, I noticed the king of the castle.

  4. You are a born romantic, not warming themselves but waiting for you to fill the feeders.

  5. How lovely to be presented with a gift of a sunflower from the birds ~ makes it all worthwhile, doesn't it? Nice to know that spring is bundled up waiting for winter to come and go! An impressive line of starlings! Although there are starlings here, I have never seen any in my garden. I don't want to say that too loudly in case they hear me. I was most impressed with your yesterday's photo/s ~ great job and such wonderful scenery.

  6. I love sunflowers and need to plant some next year instead of hoping the birds will drop the seeds! :-) I also think the Corkscrew Hazel is also interesting, I'll have to look it up and find out more about it!

  7. Hello Adrian. I think the Starlings were warming themselves after they had emptied the feeders! They start early round here.

  8. Funny, Glo, how the Sunflowers the birds plant grow better than the ones I plant.
    If your Starlings are as quarrelsome as ours you are lucky they stay away from your garden.

  9. Hello Kim. I forgot to plant any this year but mine never look as magnificent as that one. I hope it manages to produce lots of seeds for the Greenfinches.

    The corkscrew hazel is an interesting plant. Even the leaves are contorted and in the winter the bare stems show interesting twisted shapes. Slow growing and fully hardy, here anyway. Garden varieties may reach 20 feet in height but it can take 25 years to reach half that.

  10. A Sunflower always brightens the day John. A really lovely flower.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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